Our DIY Custom Dressing Room is (almost) Done!

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Vanity marble counter top styling Hermes perfume jewelry tray | Classy Glam Living

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!  What's the game plan today?  Awesome brunch, followed by high tea, followed by a gourmet dinner paired with champagne?  That all sounds very lovely!  For me, I won't mind just spending my morning, afternoon, and night here...  My Mother's Day present from the Mr. - our ALMOST complete dressing room/ walk-in closet.

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Full view | Classy Glam Living

Disclaimer:  I'm sorry if my tripod sneaked in the photos.  I'm sure a professional photographer would know the trick with mirrors, but I'm not one!

We left off the previous dressing room update with the closet doors built and dry-fitted.

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Full view dry fit stage | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Hallway view dry fit stage | Classy Glam Living

This is the current view coming into our master suite.

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Hallway view | Classy Glam Living

After the Mr. painted the closet doors, I suggested that a rope trim be added to the inner frame of the door.  The little architectural detail adds depth and dimension, while tying in with the trim that separates the bottom drawers and the upper hanging units.  Not to mention, it adds a touch of elegance to the otherwise plain shaker style closet doors.

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet door trim detail, cabinet hardware | Classy Glam Living

I'm so glad the Mr. agreed to this little addition, though he warned that it would be the last wifey request for the closet.  :-P

The "must have" for any built-in unit is, of course, the crown mouldings.  For our closet design, the icing on the cake was the LED tape lights that the Mr. installed at the crown.

He toyed with the idea of LED lighting even before we moved in, and had our electrician install the rough-in for the LED lighting.  The Mr. decided to beef-up the simple crown design by adding a low profile chair rail just below it to create the illusion of a thick crown. 

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design crown moulding and trim detail | Classy Glam Living

The LED lights are then taped on the top of the chair rail to highlight the crown and light up the perimeter of the dressing room.

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design crown moulding and trim detail with LED tape lights | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design crown moulding and trim detail, full view with LED tape lights | Classy Glam Living

While he worked on the trim, we ordered mirrors to go on the doors.  For safety concerns, we opted to go with acrylic mirror instead of glass mirrors. Although all of the closet doors have soft closing hinges, we don't want to risk the danger of shattering fragile mirrors, especially when we have a silly little one in the house.  So for the look of mirrors and brightness, acrylic mirrors work out for us. 

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design crown moulding and trim detail, mirror closet doors, LED tape lights | Classy Glam Living

The con of using acrylic mirrors is that they can scratch very easily and they need to be cleaned with a special cloth/ material.  Installation can also be tricky, requiring the thinnest of double-sided tape to avoid any warping of the mirror.  

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design crown moulding and trim detail, mirror closet doors, LED tape lights | Classy Glam Living

We understood all of these, even the unavoidable minimal warping, before we placed the order.  In the end, we still love the acrylic mirrors, how it brightens up the dark indented closet space, especially when the sunshine pours in from the ensuite windows across the closet.

Drawers, as you can see, are a huge part of this closet.  They can store a ton of stuff with the KonMari folding method!  Having them on full extension self-closing glides are little indulgences that hit the sweet spot for our particular selves - when we don't hear the returning "bang" upon closing the drawers.  

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design, mirror closet doors, LED tape lights | Classy Glam Living

Nothing beats customized storage.  Even though we don't have excessive articles of clothing, it's important that we have a spot for everything to keep clothing clutter under control. 

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Built-in vanity with full extension drawer | Classy Glam Living

The vanity drawers are also on full extension glides.  Sorry I can't share the more intimates with you.  But I'm totally envious of the Mr.'s collection of colorful socks!

The Mr. still needs to patch up the trims at the mirrors and install the chandelier.  I wouldn't even have minded if the mirrors aren't installed by Mother's Day.  But I've to admit, seeing it to pretty much completed is like my closet dreams come true.  

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design, built-in vanity with pull-out folding table, and pull-out side racks | Vanity marble counter top styling Hermes perfume jewelry tray | Classy Glam Living

This closet has definitely come a long way from our previous DIY dressing room from hacking IKEA PAX wardrobes.  I can't name one favorite part of this closet - the built-in vanity, pull-out racks, numerous drawers, or the mirror doors.  All aspects of this closet are pretty AND functional.   

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design, built-in vanity with pull-out folding table, and pull-out side racks | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design, built-in vanity | Vanity marble counter top styling Hermes perfume jewelry tray | Classy Glam Living

I'm quite proud of the Mr.'s amazing build, and so is he!  He asked if I were surprised by his ability to build this closet from scratch, or does he just meet expectation.  One thing I know is, I never doubted he would be able to build this from scratch (he built our office built-in at our previous home).  Yet, he still exceeded my expectations; I think the closet has turned out even more beautiful than I had envisioned it to be.  I hope he's happy with this report card =)

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design, built-in vanity | Vanity marble counter top styling Hermes perfume jewelry tray | Classy Glam Living

Just as he wrapped up the other night, I told him the closet reminds me of a wedding gown boutique's dressing room.  It could be all the mirror doors' reflections on each other, the lighting, or the sparkly hardware, that had me reminisce about being at the wedding boutique.  I know I'm a lucky girl, and this closet was definitely built with love.  Thanks Honey!!

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet design, ample drawers, mirror closet doors, built-in vanity with pull-out folding table, and pull-out side racks | Classy Glam Living

Here are the previous updates of our DIY custom walk-in closet/ dressing room:

Update #1

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Progress shot framed closet | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Progress Shot of painted fronts | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Progress shot of closet doors dry-fitted | Classy Glam Living

Update #3 - DIY Custom Dressing Room + Video Tutorial

Well, the Mr. was at it again this past week...  No, not another hiatus!  The positive feedback on Instagram of our previous update was the fuel he needed to keep going.  We thank you for that!  He turned on his turbo DIY engine and completed the remaining 6 doors and installed them.

This is the view as you come into our master suite.  This is the hallway that separates the closet/ dressing nook to the right, and the master ensuite to the left.  Our sleeping quarter is at the end where the chandelier is.  

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet doors installed | Youtube Tutorial | Classy Glam Living

If we hadn't made this change to the original floor plan to replace the his and her closets, then this hallway would look very enclosed.  Deleting that separation and widening the entrance of the closet gave the bedroom a much larger impression.

And these are the 6 doors that the Mr. worked on this past week.  I'm so glad I can now hide my mess behind them!!

DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet doors installed | Youtube Tutorial | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room Walk-in Closet | Closet doors installed | Youtube Tutorial | Classy Glam Living

Instead of posting just another regular update, the Mr. had another idea.  While he was researching on how to install cabinet doors, it was hard to find a video that demonstrated the process from start to finish.  He had to piece together different videos together to grasp the concept.  

To ease the research process of other DIYer's, we've put together a short easy guide to install cabinet doors.  It goes from start to finish; from drilling of the cup hinges, to installing the door on the cabinet frame, to adjusting the door to fit against each other.

Without further ado, here's our video tutorial!  So grab a coffee and take a look!  It's only 5 minutes!

This is our very first video tutorial, and we would be grateful to receive any constructive feedback and comments.  Please feel free to do so in the comment section below.

Next step is, you know it, to sand and paint the doors...  but only the door frames, as we're installing mirrors on them.  Then comes the finishing touches of installing crown moulding and lighting.  I threw in another last minute wifey request on the doors (oops I did it again?).  It'll just make the doors nicer, and I'm glad the Mr. agrees.  =)

Stay tuned for more updates!  I have a feeling the dressing room/ walk-in closet will be completed VERY soon!!  

In the meantime, you can connect with us on our Instagram account to get the latest updates around our house!

Here are the previous updates of our DIY custom walk-in closet/ dressing room:

Update #1

DIY Custom Walk-in Closet Dressing Room | Progress Shot bottom drawers pull out racks | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Walk-in Closet Dressing Room | Progress Shot bottom drawers pull out racks | Classy Glam Living

DIY Custom Dressing Room - Progress Update #2

DIY Custom Dressing Room Progress Update #2 | Walk-in Closet | Classy Glam Living

After some much needed R&R over the last month, the Mr. got straight back to some heavy duty catch-up on our DIY custom closet/ dressing room.  

Since my previous closet update, he had completed the pull-out racks:

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Pull-out Racks | Classy Glam Living

... and the fronts of the bottom drawers last month (please excuse the mess in the closet...  that's why we need doors!!):

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Custom Drawer Fronts | Classy Glam Living

It didn't look very pretty then, but read on...

It's a lengthy DIY project, so understandably the Mr. took a brief hiatus from the closet.  He went back to work on it last week and installed the baseboards and quarter-rounds on the closet:

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Baseboards | Classy Glam Living

He also painted and installed the fronts of the bottom drawers.  It's getting better now...

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Installed drawer fronts | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room | Installed drawers details | Classy Glam Living

This past weekend, he swore up and down that he would get the fronts of the vanity drawers and pull-out racks done.  He showed me the raw product:

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Vanity drawer fronts | Classy Glam Living

The fronts for the pull-out racks:

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Pull-out Racks | Classy Glam Living

He painted the fronts...

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Benjamin Moore Sidewalk Gray | Classy Glam Living

... and installed them:  

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Installed vanity drawer fronts | Classy Glam Living

Words simply cannot express how much I appreciate his dedication and hard work.

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Installed vanity drawer fronts | Classy Glam Living

Having done all that, the Mr. couldn't just leave that vanity counter unfinished.  He painstakingly applied the self-adhesive marble paper* onto the wooden counter.  Here's our "marble" vanity countertop:

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Installed vanity drawer fronts with marble top | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room | Installed vanity drawer fronts with marble top | Classy Glam Living

With the vanity top completed, we now have a spot where our trinkets can reside.  

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Marble vanity top | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room | Marble vanity counter top styling flowers Hermes perfume jewelery | Classy Glam Living

We each get a drawer of the vanity for our stuff.  I left off of my last dressing room update with another wify request.  Can you guess what I added to my wish list when the Mr. was about to install the counter?

It was this...  a folding station:

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Vanity with folding station top | Classy Glam Living

Since we're folding much of our clothing in the drawers, the folding station would really come in handy.

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Vanity with folding station top | Classy Glam Living

I really love how the knobs and pulls add sparkles to the closet fronts.  Here's a close-up of the glass handle with hexagon tips.  It looks and glistens like a diamond!

DIY Custom Dressing Room | House of Antique Hardware | Classy Glam Living

I'm so in love with the glass knobs; they add the perfect touch of elegance to the vanity.  

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Glass knobs on vanity drawers | Classy Glam Living
DIY Custom Dressing Room | Glass knobs on vanity drawers | Classy Glam Living

That mirror was stolen from our bathroom as temporary vignette background, as I'm still shopping for an art piece for the vanity.  

Here is how we left off with our previous closet update:

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Framed closet | Classy Glam Living

And this is where we are now, with the drawer fronts in place (again, please excuse our mess inside the closet ;-) 

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Progress shot pull-out racks and vanity | Classy Glam Living

It's getting closer to our source of inspiration - Carrie's closet in Sex & the City 2:

CARRIE'S CLOSET IN SEX AND THE CITY 2, IMAGE VIA   MARKS & FRANTZ

CARRIE'S CLOSET IN SEX AND THE CITY 2, IMAGE VIA MARKS & FRANTZ

This is the view from the entrance of the master suite.  When the closet doors are in place, this view would look much neater.

DIY Custom Dressing Room | View from master suite entrance | Classy Glam Living

Stay tuned for our blog updates!  You never know, the Mr. may be on a mission to complete the closet doors.  My next update could be the big reveal!  (I hope so!)

DIY Custom Dressing Room | Vanity marble counter top styling Hermes perfume jewelry tray | Classy Glam Living
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